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THE BALL – Schmidt’s plan: a ‘carousel’ to support the spearhead (Benfica)

A high voltage carousel. As training intensifies, the ideas of how Roger Schmidt, 55, intends to see Benfica play, begin to become clear and more and more assimilated.

By the sample of what happened with Reading, on Saturday, in what was the first training game of the season, it was noticed that the players have already internalized what is required of them. Still not everything goes perfectly, but the work leads to the dignification of the task.

And in this sense, there is a trio that is starting to stand out and gain prominence: David Neres, João Mário and Rafa are the men Schmidt has been pushing for the offensive carousel that he wants to see work on the back of the forward, which until now has been Henrique Araujo.

At a time when the German coach has said he wants to see everyone in action before deciding who stays or leaves, Pizzi and Chiquinho seem determined to complicate Schmidt’s selection. From what was seen with Reading, Pizzi also feels comfortable in the role of support to the spearhead and was in the genesis of the bids that resulted in the two goals.

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